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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 9, 2011 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - From the Dawn of the Welnick Era

Wow, thanks for the first on-topic reply! It's funny to think about how little I really knew about the Grateful Dead and that entire scene when I went to these two shows at the Richfield Coliseum. I had been to one show at that point (7/8/90 in Pittsburgh) and really had no idea what to expect after Brent died. Seeing the band live was still new to me, so I probably didn't have as hard a time adjusting to the new sound as some did.

I had tickets to both nights, but as late as the day before I still hadn't figured out how I was getting there from where I went to college in southern Ohio. I lucked out though, because I got a call the same day (from a PAY PHONE no less) from a hippie couple who just happened to be passing through town on their way to see friends in Bumfuck, Indiana that night. I dropped everything, hopped into their car and spent the next 24 hours with a bunch of very enthusiatic and seasoned deadheads. It was quite an experience for my impressionable young mind. They kept referring to me as "The Rider." I don't remember very much about them except that they'd dropped out of college to "do the Dead thing" for a while. I do remember that I ran into them the next spring in the parking lot of the Cap Center. They were out there still selling jewelry or pancakes or something.

Anywaym, when I arrived at the 9/7 show with my new friends I remember being sort of panicked about finding my friends. In the days before cell phones, this proved to be quite difficult. I ran into one guy I knew from high school who was ingesting LSD at an alarming rate. I knew I'd have to get away from him, but he was all I had for a little while. Thankfully I ran into one of my buddies on the way into the arena.

That's where my memories get kinda hazy -- just as the drugs kicked in, I guess.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Sep 9, 2011 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - From the Dawn of the Welnick Era

Good story. Those were the days...
Hey S&R, you going to this?
http://www.familyrootsfest.com/

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 9, 2011 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - From the Dawn of the Welnick Era

Nope, but I don't live in Ohio anymore, so that would be kind of a hike for me.